P.A. (Peter) Nisbet’s dramatic landscape compositions go beyond mere pictorial renderings to draw viewers in and challenge them to find meaning within their beauty. Each painting represents an individual journey of discovery made by the artist himself.
The recording of these personal experiences has become the hallmark of every Nisbet painting; rarely has he depicted a location he has not visited in person. When he puts brush to canvas, what he is sharing is a visual record of his experiences, enriched by sensory perceptions such as the feel of the wind, the sound of a stream, or the fragrance of a desert creosote bush after a fresh downpour. “I believe the purpose of art is to illuminate the spiritual source that resides beneath the surface of all things,” he says.
22” by 33”
“Where I live, the view from my back door looks 150 miles east to the Texas border. The summer clouds form off the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in Santa Fe and then travel eastward, turning violent along the way. This storm is a classic anvil thunderhead basking beautifully in late afternoon light.”
The Faraway Country
28” by 56”
“Where the Missouri River meets the Marias River in Montana there is a great story told of the Lewis and Clark Expedition when, in 1805, the Corps of Discovery had to choose which river to follow westward. This painting commemorates that fateful place and the decision made that saved the expedition from certain disaster.”